ASSISTANT CHIEF, PHARMACY SERVICES, MEDICAL CENTER/OFFICE OF PHARMACY AFFAIRS

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $150,171.36 - $196,982.16 Annually USD

Job Description

FILING START DATE:

July 2, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. (PST)

Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

EXAM NUMBER: Y5525B

OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY

Out-of-Class Experience will be accepted.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES:

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. DHS operates as an integrated health system, operating 26 health centers and four acute care hospitals, in addition to providing health care to youth in the juvenile justice system and inmates in the LA County jails. Across the network of DHS' directly operated clinical sites and through partnerships with community-based clinics, DHS cares for about 800,000 unique patients each year, employs over 22,000 staff, and has an annual operating budget of $5 billion.

Through academic affiliations with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences (CDU), DHS hospitals are training sites for physicians completing their Graduate Medical Education in nearly every medical specialty and subspecialty. In addition, to its direct clinical services, DHS also runs the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and the County's 911 emergency response system, as well as Housing for Health and the Office of Diversion and Re-entry, each with a critical role in connecting vulnerable populations, including those released from correctional and institutional settings, to supportive housing.

THE MISSION:
Our mission is to advance the health of our patients and our communities by providing extraordinary care.

DEFINITION:
Assists in directing LAC+USC Medical Center or Office of Pharmacy Affairs pharmacy program.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
The positions allocable to this class receive general direction from the Chief, Pharmacy Services, Medical Center, or Director, Pharmacy Services and assist in directing and coordinating the provision of pharmacy services to patients. Incumbents have particular responsibility for directing a major segment of pharmacy operations.

At LAC+USC Medical Center, one position is responsible for the provision of clinical pharmacy services to patients of the various hospitals and clinics of the Medical Center, the other position is responsible for the provision of support services to pharmacy and medical professional staff including the procurement, and distribution of drugs, the development of drug inventory and control systems, and a variety of related administrative and coordinative functions. The incumbent directs the implementation of pharmacy policies and standards and the conduct of pharmacy operations through Pharmacy Supervisor II positions in charge of a major pharmacy section. The position directs the methods and standards for providing pharmacy services and are accountable for providing services at a level consistent with the Medical Center's overall standards for adequate patient care.

In the Office of Pharmacy Affairs, the incumbent is responsible for assisting the Director with directing the management, coordination, and provision of pharmacy services for all facilities, programs, and contract providers by developing and implementing enterprise-wide policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards for pharmacy operations and clinical services throughout the Department of Health Services.
Essential Job Functions

Assists in the development of goals, policies, and programs governing the provision of drug-related patient care services; setting overall standards for the quality of pharmacy services and the conduct of pharmacy operations and overseeing their implementation through pharmacy administrative and supervisory staff; and coordinating the provision of pharmacy patient care and support services with the requirements of the various Medical Center facilities and other facilities served.

Participates with medical and hospital administrative staff in interviewing and selecting subordinate administrative and supervisory staff; plans, assigns, and evaluates the work of immediate subordinates and reviews the evaluations of their subordinates; through subordinates, monitors quality and quantity of work and undertakes corrective action as necessary.

Directs the development of proposed solutions to problems of staffing, space, and service levels in the assigned area of responsibility and coordinates the preparation of budget requests for review by higher-level management.

Contributes as pharmacy technical expert to the development of information systems for recording and maintaining data on drug usage; oversees the development and monitors the implementation of systems for drug inventory control; prepares reports on drug usage, pharmacy expenditures, and other by-products of drug information and inventory control systems for use in connection with administrative planning and control.

Plans and directs programs for the provision of prescription services to patients of General, Psychiatric, and Cancer Hospitals and for the provision of night shift and weekend prescription services for all Medical Center patients through a Pharmacy Supervisor II in charge of inpatient and outpatient dispensing pharmacy operations.

Plans and directs programs for the provision of clinical pharmacy services involving direct participation by professional pharmacy staff in the selection and monitoring of drug therapy for individual patients in inpatient wards and outpatient clinics.

Plans and directs programs for the provision of technical and administrative support services such as the procurement of all drugs and pharmacy equipment; manufacturing and pre-packaging of medications and sterile solutions; the storage, supply, and distribution of drugs and other pharmaceuticals to designated County facilities; recruitment and selection of pharmacy professional personnel including participation in the development and conduct of selection programs; and development and maintenance of inventory control systems for use in ordering, budgeting, cost accounting, and other administrative planning activities.

Directs or conducts studies and makes recommendations for solutions to major problems arising in the delivery of drug-related patient care services such as theft of prescription slips and forgery of prescriptions; interrelations between pharmacy personnel and staff of other disciplines as they relate to drug security and accountability; and cost studies of various methods of drug distribution and control.

Develops and administers overall systems for the control of narcotics and controlled substances; coordinates and monitors their implementation at all points in the drug delivery system through pharmacy administrators and through contacts with administrators of other disciplines; prepares reports on the progress and status of drug control programs for the use of lay and professional administrators, representatives of law enforcement agencies, and others involved in ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations governing the control of narcotics and controlled substances.

Provides expert technical consultation to administrators on pharmacy law, pharmacology, pharmaceuticals, and pharmacy operations with particular reference to patient care services or technical support services.

Coordinates the implementation of standards for the participation of pharmacy staff in the training of pharmacy students, interns, and residents in the provision of prescription and clinical pharmacy services or in the principles of pharmacy administration.

Act's for their supervisor in the latter's absence or upon request as needed.

Requirements
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
One year of experience at the level of Pharmacy Supervisor II* or Pharmacy Services Chief III** in a hospital or other patient care setting.

LICENSE(S) REQUIRED:
A valid and active license to practice as a Registered Pharmacist issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.

License/Certificate Information:
The required license(s) MUST be current and unrestricted ; a conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted license will NOT be accepted.

Applicants must ensure the Certification/License Section of the application is completed. Provide the type, number, date issued, date of expiration and the name of the issuing agency or attach a legible photocopy of the license to practice as a Registered Pharmacist issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy to the application at the time of filing, or within 15 calendar days from the date of filing your application online. Original license MUST be presented during the selection process and prior to appointment.

PHYSICAL CLASS II - Light:
Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:.
*Experience at the level of Pharmacy Supervisor II in the County of Los Angeles is defined as: Plans and directs the work of a major section of a pharmacy services program in a hospital or other health or mental health care setting.

**Experience at the level of Pharmacy Services Chief III in the County of Los Angeles is defined as: Plans and directs the work of a large pharmacy in a hospital or other health or mental health care setting.

In order to receive credit for degrees, or for completion of a license certificate program, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization; or official certificates with your application at the time of filing, or email the exam analyst at HHocking@dhs.lacounty.gov within 15 calendar days from the date of filing your application online.
Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT:
The examination will consist of an evaluation of education and experience based upon application information and Desirable Qualifications, weighted 100%

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from an accredited university.
  • Experience in overseeing medication reconciliation programs including providing leadership to teams executing these programs and knowledge of how these programs contribute to improved patient care and outcomes.
  • Experience leading clinical teams that provide a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and developing clinical programs including dosing protocols, disease management clinics or pharmacy residency programs.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher in order to be placed on the eligible register.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:

Applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

FAIR CHANCE INITIATIVE:
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:

Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

AVAILABLE SHIFT:
Any

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Health Services as they occur.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applications electronically received after 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing will not be accepted.

Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met. Application filing may be suspended at any time without advance notice.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

Notification Letters and other correspondences will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add
hhocking@dhs.lacounty.gov and info@governmentjobs.com to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed person have a Social Security number for record control purposes.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

ADA COORDINATOR PHONE:
(323) 914-7111

CALIFORNIA RELAY SERVICES PHONE:
(800) 735-2922

DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Hilary Hocking, Exam Analyst
(323) 914-8356
HHocking@dhs.lacounty.gov


Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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